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Paperback Book Details
  • 10/2002
  • 9781591094685 1591094682
  • 336 pages
  • $$16.78
Memories (Firehouse Family)

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

The first in the series of Firehouse Family books, MEMORIES begins the story of the tumultuous, passionate, and forbidden love affair of Jake McCann and Laura Darvey. In the height of Prohibition in June, 1932, after suffering the terrible loss of his firefighter friends in one fire, followed by the death of his wife and son in another fire, former New York City Fire Captain Jake McCann is appointed fire chief in the small town of Woodhill, Ohio. The town may be small, but the trouble and turmoil in Woodhill are not. Jake is joined by his two friends, Freddy Pratter and Mickey Justini, who are appointed to the fire department with Jake. Like Jake, they have their own personal demons. Sharing an interest in Appaloosa horses, Jake falls in love with Laura Darvey, a woman who is married to a local bootlegger and operator of a protection racket. The affair causes the three friends to become tangled in a series of horrifying crimes that force them all to unexpectedly face their demons.
Reviews
Brenda Ramsbacher at Scribblers

Dan Darvey has a secret he’s hidden from everyone in Woodhill, Ohio for four years. He has also operated on the wrong side of the law without being caught filching money from people who can’t afford to pay, using threats to keep the money flowing. Now he’s stolen from his boss, the fire chief found his secret, and the cops want to questions him.

Laura Darvey is a woman married to the wrong man. She’s allowed the freedom to raise her horses and do her work without interference but at a cost to her well-being. Then she meets the new fire chief who lights her blood hotter than her husband ever has. When her husband runs, Laura forgets about her watchdog, invites Jake over, and ends up fighting for her very life.

Jake McCann and two of his friends are firefighters from New York hired to keep the small town of Woodhill safe. Bringing emotional baggage along for the ride, Jake is surprised to find himself caring for another man’s wife. But now fires are being set to give someone an opportunity to search the firehouse and Jake wants to know why. All seems to be fine until Jake uncovers the box Dan has been looking for.

Loveman has an intriguing story that has the reader cheering on Jake and Laura as they struggle to overcome their feelings while the world is falling apart within their very souls. Only they can fight the demons to win the confrontation between good and evil before the entire town is destroyed by one evil man and his henchmen. MEMORIES is truly memorable. Part of the FIREHOUSE FAMILY series, I am looking forward to reading more about these courageous men and women who put their lives on the line in the face of danger.

 

Kim Atchue-Cusella posted on All About Murder

Jake McCann comes to Woodhill, Ohio as the new fire chief.  He is leaving behind New York City to join his brother, Dave, who is the town doctor.  His friends, Freddy and Mickey, also join him at the firehouse.  His first order of business is to bring the town buildings up to code without making enemies of the townsfolk.

Dan Darvey and his wife, Laura, have lived in Woodhill for most of their lives.  Laura moved to the town when she was eleven so that her father could become the fire chief.  Laura makes her money raising horses.  Dan helps run moonshine during the Prohibition period.  The town police chief ignores this practice.

Jake uncovers a deep secret held by the town realtor and Dan.  When Dan finds out he was discovered, he leaves town, not caring about Laura until he finds out that Jake is in love with her.  The situation becomes dangerous and Jake needs to save Laura from life threatening circumstances.

Laurie Loveman writes Memories, the first in the trilogy of The Firehouse Family  series, with suspense, romance and the feelings of loyalties between family and friends.  The story is set in 1932 and is well written to make you feel as you are there, standing next to the characters.  Jake and Laura has such deep-rooted problems dealing with the conditions that life has dealt them that you want to see them get past the pain to live happily ever after.  The next in the series is The Quarry followed by The Farm Fires.  I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 10/2002
  • 9781591094685 1591094682
  • 336 pages
  • $$16.78

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